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Zaha Hadid Architects' new passenger terminal for Beijing Airport (currently known as Beijing Daxing International Airport) is poised to become the largest aviation hub in the world. The vast structure, defined by five limbs spreading out from a central core, will cover an area of 313,000 square meters. It has been reported that each "arm" will use images from Chinese culture, including "silk, tea, porcelain, farmlands, and Chinese gardens." According to the developers, the distances from the far-end of each wing to the central building "will be less than 600 meters" in all – a design that will distinguish the airport from most large international airports "that inevitably require commuters to walk long distances," they argued. The airport, which is located 46 kilometers south of Beijing's city center, will relieve pressure from the over-crowded Beijing Capital International Airport, which is located in the northeastern suburbs. View more View full description
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